The first crowd filled Oakland Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 1966 when the AFL’s Oakland Raiders played the Kansas City Chiefs. The adjacent arena celebrated its grand opening on November 9, 1966 when the Oakland Seals met the San Diego Gulls for an NHL game.
In the following 48 years, the Oakland Alameda County Arena and Coliseum Complex has hosted a spectrum of events in both the sporting and entertainment industries including concerts, circus, boxing, rodeos, religious speakers and ice shows. Audiences numbering nearly 100 million have made Oracle Arena and Oakland Alameda County Coliseum the premier sports and entertainment facilities in Northern California.
In October 1995, Oakland Alameda County Coliseum began an extensive renovation. The $120 million project included the addition of 22,000 new seats, 90 luxury suites, two private clubs and two state-of-the-art scoreboards.
Oracle Arena followed suit in June 1996 with a $100 million renovation. This project involved the complete demolition and concurrent redesign of the building’s interior. Capacity was increased by more than 4,000 to a maximum of 19,200 occupancy, plus 72 luxury suites and three exclusive clubs were added.
The renovated Oracle Arena and Oakland Alameda County Coliseum sit on 132 acres with an ample 10,000 on-site parking spaces. Currently managed by AEG Facilities, the venues are easily accessible by both highway and public transportation and is complete with a pedestrian bridge which allows guests direct access to the venues from the Coliseum BART station.